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ATLANTA (July 6, 2015) – Further strengthening its position as the must-attend event for Midwest retailers, the July 25-28, 2015 Windy City Gift Show recorded a 21% increase in attendance over the Summer 2014 edition. Held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, the show attracted buyers from every state in the region, with notable increases in retail attendance from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. An expanded exhibitor roster, including more than 70 new, first-time exhibitors, a brand new website – www.windycitygiftshow.com – and an upbeat atmosphere on the show floor added to the growing momentum the show has been experiencing since its initial launch in January of 2014.
"We continue to record significant show-over-show increases in attendance and exhibitor participation – confirming our belief that this show is filling a crucial void in the Midwest marketplace," says Dirk von Gal, Industry Vice President of Gift, Urban Expositions. “We gather extremely positive feedback from our buyer and exhibitor audiences during each show and are using it to continue fine-tuning our offerings to make sure we’re delivering an event that is completely customized to the specialized needs of the region’s retailers and vendors.”
Pictured left to right: Joey Gilbert, owner, Mishu + The Dead
Reinforcing the show’s growing exhibitor base, more than 70 new, first-time exhibitors joined the show roster, which also welcomed leading regional sales agencies like Anne McGilvray & Company, White Ginger, Patti White, Modern Age, Kelly & Crew, and Charlie & Me, as well as top-name manufactures and up-and-coming artists in a range of categories, including Gift, Makers’ Market and Live In Style. The show floor also featured a number of fair trade, eco-friendly and made in America resources. As part of a continued focus on new resources, the Windy City Gift Show offered retailers the opportunity to visit a special display area and vote on the “Best New Product”, awarding Mishu + The Dead Sea Pavilion this recognition.
Retailers were also invited to vote on the show’s “Best Maker” – choosing from many talented artisans showcasing their handcrafted creations in the Makers’ Market section. Buyers chose Inspired Generations for this award.
Pictured left to right: Robin Cohen, owner, Inspired Generation and
“Offering a great group of diverse vendors, friendly market with easy parking and convenience to downtown, the Windy City Gift Show is a must-attend event,” said Bill Shaddox, Ozark Mountain Alpacas, Chicago, IL.
“We were very pleased with the selection and will be back in January,” added Bonnie Perdue, Vets Ace Hardware & Vets Too Boutique, Lansing, MI. “
Positive Windy City exhibitor reports of steady business and new customers added to the buzz on the show floor.
“The Windy City Gift Show gave our new line exposure to Midwest customers we had not reached before,” said Bob Abraham, Jewelinx, Frisco, TX . “We were thrilled to open 40 new store accounts.”
“The show was very positive for us - delivering new customers and an overall good tradeshow experience,” adds Robin Cohen, Inspired Generations, Long Grove, IL. ” We look forward to the years ahead as the show continues to grow.”
In addition to the product offerings, the show also featured a number of events and special promotions, including an expanded educational seminar schedule, the popular Saturday Show Social, parking reimbursement for pre-registered buyers, goody bag giveaways, and daily $50 giveaways. Kristy Cousins of Season Gift Shop in Kalamazoo, MI was the $50 Giveaway Grand Prize winner, receiving a complimentary hotel stay at the winter 2016 edition of the Windy City Gift Show.
ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 36 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com.